I love to research and the internet is my favorite place to explore. Recently, I found a very cute quilt kit that was perfect for Spring. The pattern was pretty simple and I thought I might want to just draft it out myself. Done. Then I just kept going. I found it under several names, lots of colors, and each one was fantastic. The pattern comes in 3 versions: Using 5 inch charms, 10 inch layer cakes, or 2-1/2 inch mini charms. Each one results in a different size project, of course. What a nice way to use up some of the pre-cuts in your stash. Add some borders and you can have some fun there too.
Best yet, I located a video on YouTube showing how to make the quilt by one of my favorites, Donna Jordon from Jordan fabrics. They also offered a free pattern download from Moda. See details below.
So I decided it was a "classic" to keep and should share it with all our virtual quilters. So below, you will find the results of my fun adventure!
Here are a few of my favorite choices for fabrics. If you want to find more, go to Pinterest.com and search "Moda Love Quilt." You will be amazed at how many beautiful suggestions there are.
Tips: An Easy Portable Design Wall
I needed a bigger design wall, and so I went to the internet to research for an easy solution. I wanted to be able to move it around, but still be big enough to be useful. I wasn't too hopeful, but of course someone had figured it out already and shared it on the internet. My go-to for this type of research is Pinterest or You Tube. Pinterest is popular for blog posts, and You Tube is nice for a video tutorial. I combined a couple of different solutions I found, but they were pretty similar... Make sure to read the tips below & then Click here to read the article by Quilter Krista Moser.
A few of my tips to add to the article
1. Buy an 2 inch thick insulation board at a home improvement store like Lowe's or Home Depot. I found it in the lumber department. They make them thinner than 2 inches, but you want this to be sturdy when you move it around. The core is styrofoam so they are extremely light weight. It bet the one I bought weighed less than 5 pounds!
2. They are big, usually 4 feet wide by 8 feet tall. If you don't have a vehicle big enough to get it home, you can have it delivered (expensive), ask a friend for help, or if you don't need it that big, you can easily cut it with a serrated blade knife when you load it in your car.
3. I did this part differently: I used low loft batting to cover mine, and secured it on the back with duct tape. This was recommended on another site, and I am happy with the results. You can also use flannel.
4. I also put duct tape along the bottom. Since I am going to move it and lean it against walls, that will protect it from excessive wear.
5. Another quilter shared with me that she cut her insulation board to 4 foot x 4 foot. She placed it on her table behind her sewing machine, and lean it against the wall. She reports it is a good size to travel with to retreats or classes.
TSW - Quilted Japanese Rice Bag
I absolutely love this little bag. It is made with jelly roll strips, you get to do some basic or advanced free motion quilting on it, and I can think of so many uses for it. It would hold craft projects on the go, be a wonderful gift for a friend, and even make a nice bag for kids to hold their toys. Enjoy!
PS - Here is a link to download her instructions from her website. Click here
A big thank you to Mary Ann for sharing this video from Shabby Fabrics with us. It really is a clever way to make a panel into an Attics Window quilt. It really doesn't get any easier than this! -Ann
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